How to Get to Nasrid Palaces 

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How to Get to Nasrid Palaces 

The Alhambra Palace, home to the stunning Nasrid Palaces, sits atop a hill overlooking the beautiful city of Granada, Spain. 

You have several options to choose from, depending on your preferences and budget.

You can also walk to the palace if you don’t mind walking and love the artistic beauty of the surroundings.

Getting there from Granada City:

Get to Nasrid Palace By Bus

Get to Nasrid Palace By Bus 

A bus is the most affordable and convenient way to get to the Nasrid Palace.

The journey will take no more than 30 minutes.

Take either route C30 or C32 of the Crimson Alhambra Buses.

The buses depart every 8-12 minutes from Isabel Catolica Square, near the Columbus Monument. 

Get off at the Alhambra-Generalife 2 bus stop for the C30 route or continue to Albaicin, and then take the bus to the Alhambra station for the C32 route. 

Tickets can be purchased directly on the bus.

Get to Nasrid Palace By Taxi

While more expensive, taxis offer a comfortable and direct ride to the Palace entrance.

The journey from the city’s center takes time, but taxis provide direct drop-offs at the entrance. 

Taxis with a green light mean they are available for hire. Fares vary based on distance and time. 

The table illustrates typical fares according to distance and different tariff levels:

DestinationTariff 1 (Weekday Daytime)Tariff 2 (evening and at nighttime)
Bus Station €10€12
Plaza Nueva€5€7
Palacio Congresos€7€9
Cathedral€5€7
North of Granada€10€12
Sacromonte€8€10
Albaycin€7€8
Realejo€6€7

During holidays and weekends, the evening and nighttime (from 10 pm to 7 am).
In cases of heavy traffic or delays, the charges may increase.

Driving Directions to Nasrid Palace

A drive to the palace will take 10-15 minutes, with light traffic from the city center.

The time can increase, either during peak hours or with heavier traffic.

If you are on the N-323 / A-44 road, follow signs to the ring road to Ronda Sur (A-395).

When you get to the Serrallo tunnel, stay left and take exit 5A. 

Then, turn left at the roundabout onto Avenida Santa Maria de la Alhambra. 

Keep going straight on Camino Viejo del Cementerio, and you’ll see signs leading to the parking spaces close to the Alhambra’s ticket office and main entrance.

Cars are not allowed inside the Alhambra Complex premises, but there is a parking space near the Palace.

You can park your car there and then walk to the ticket office for your tickets or walk straight to the entrance if you have purchased your skip-the-line tickets online.

Get to Nasrid Palace By Foot 

Nasrid Palace is a part of Alhambra Palace; to visit this part, you must enter via the Alhambra.

There are two main entrances to Alhambra, which you can access through three routes:

  1. From Plaza Nueva, through the woods, along Cuesta de Gomerez Street.
  2. From Paseo de los Tristes, climb Cuesta de los Chinos or Cuesta del Rey Chico Street.
  3. From the Realejo neighborhood, you can walk up to the Alhambra.

Follow the main road until you arrive at a little square featuring a fountain known as the Fuente del Tomate. 

Close by, there’s a monument honoring the writer Angel Gavinet.

Keep walking ahead until you spot the main gates on your left side. 

Follow the signs directing you to the Generalife Gardens for entry into the Alhambra.

For those exploring the Nasrid Palaces, take a left turn past the Puerta de las Granadas. 

You’ll encounter the Fountain of Charles V (Pilar de Carlos V) and the striking Puerta de la Justicia (Gate of Justice) as you continue.

Pass through the Gate of Justice and turn towards the Puerta del Vino (Gate of Wine) on your right. 

On your left, you’ll find the Palacio de Carlos V (Palace of Charles V) and the queue leading to the entrance of the Nasrid Palace.

(Note: This section has designated visiting hours.)

alhambra main entrance

Skip the main gate, hustle, and walk through the charming Realejo neighborhood. 

Just be warned, some streets are like tiny stairs (seriously steep!), so watch your step on Cuesta del Realejo and Antequeruela Baja.

Follow Cuesta de los Chinos or del Rey Chico from Paseo de los Tristes, crossing the pretty Darro River. 

This local path will lead you straight to the Alhambra’s main entrance.

Getting to Nasrid Palace From Granada Airport

If you are flying from another country, the nearest airport is Federico Garcia Lorca Airport (GRX), which is around 16 km (9.4 miles) west of the city.

Once you have landed, you can choose various options to reach the city center (Granada).

It will take around 20-30 minutes under normal conditions, possibly longer travel time if there are delays or rush hour traffic.

Bus (Budget-Friendly)

Hop on the ALSA bus, which departs every 45 minutes. 

These orange buses whisk you to the city center for just €3. 

From there, transfer to the Alhambra minibus (C30 or C32) near the Columbus monument.

Taxi (Time-Saving)

Skip the transfers and settle in for a comfortable 30-minute ride to Alhambra’s doorsteps. 

Expect to pay €20-€30 during the week, a bit more on weekends and evenings.

Rent a Car (Individual Explorer)

Snag a rental at the airport. It’s pricier than other options but perfect for exploring at your own pace.

Tips for Visiting the Nasrid Palaces Alhambra

  • Arrive Early: Ensure you arrive at least 10 minutes before your assigned time to avoid any last-minute problems. They are very strict about the schedule, and being late could mean missing your visit.
  • Backpacks: If you have a backpack, carry it in front of you or by hand. Only small backpacks are allowed inside the palace area.
  • Strollers: You can’t bring strollers inside the Nasrid Palace, but they will provide you with a baby carrier for free.
  • Lockers: There are coin-operated lockers at both entrances if you need to store your belongings.
  • Enjoy a Picnic: You can have a picnic in beautiful spots with fountains and the sound of birds in the background.
  • Night Visits: Consider visiting the Nasrid palaces at night. But remember, it requires a separate ticket or tour from the daytime admission.

What is the Quickest Way to Enter the Nasrid Palace?

If you want to visit Nasrid Palace first, enter through the Gate of Justice.

This entrance is close to the Nasris Palace and Alcazaba. 

You can enter through the gate if you have purchased your tickets online.

The lines at this gate are generally shorter than at other entrances.

Simply show your Alhambra tickets on your smartphone and enter through the gate.

How to Get to Nasrid Palace From Alhambra itself?

It’s a pleasant 8-minute walk, covering about 0.7 km to Nasrid Palaces.

You can follow the pedestrian path, “P.º de las Torres,” which winds through the Alhambra grounds and offers stunning views.

Which Bus Goes from Granada Bus Station to Nasrid Palace?

There is no direct bus service available for the Palace. 

You need to take line 33 to the Cathedral from the bus station. 

Cross the street to reach the Colon monument, and then take line C30 or C32 to the Alhambra.

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